Skin: Fair due to living in the city. Easily tans.
Body Type: Slender
Is stronger than she looks (i.e. able to take on some physical activities due to her adaptable nature).
Traits & Characteristics
Strengths and Weakness (depending on the situation)
Has written for several east coast magazine, newspapers and periodicals about life in San Francisco.
Can use (and is not afraid to) a derringer pistol (mainly for self-defence purposes).
Aliases / Nicknames
Current: San Francisco
Kith & Kin
Grandfather: Ishmael Thornton (deceased)
Uncle: John Caleb Thornton (deceased)
Cousin: Shade Thornton
Her parents (Robert and Isabelle) and siblings (older brother Joseph and younger brother Harvey) are still alive - they live and work in San Francisco.
Born to Robert and Isabelle Thornton in Philadelphia. She is the second of three children born to the couple. Her father was one of the younger sons of Ishmael Thornton and brother to John Caleb Thornton (Shade's father).
Her family moves to San Francisco. On the way west, they visit John Caleb and his family.
Marries George Carlton, a young and upcoming lawyer. The marriage is relatively happy, even though she is unsure if she really loves her husband.
George Carlton is killed in a riding accident and leaves Sarah a small inheritance. With the help and advice of friends, Sarah invests the money in real estate and other businesses. The result is a modest income to support herself and live comfortably.
1865 - 1875
Sarah continues to live in San Francisco and at some point reverts back to her maiden name by adding it to her surname, as she feels that being label as a widow is cumbersome (however, she still uses her married name when necessary). She also starts writing articles for eastern magazines and newspapers about life in San Francisco as a way to earn extra income.
Popular and socially active, she has rejected a number of proposals and doesn't see the point in marrying as she is self-sufficient.
After finding out about a prominent San Francisco family's secret, she is given the choice to leave San Francisco or be financially and socially ruined. It is also implied that her family would be affected or in danger if she chooses to remain.
As Sarah watched the desk clerk deal with Elinor's requests, she got the impression that the man was a little bit intimidated. She didn't quite understand why Elinor would make the feel this way but she did remember what Elinor had told her about her family. Maybe that had something to do with it.
She heard Elinor say the man's name during their conversation, so when it was her to sign the ledger, she smiled at him, hoping that he would feel more at ease. After signing, the ledger, she wanted to get some help with her luggage, "Mr. Simpson, my luggage is outside on the landing where the stagecoach driver left, could you please get someone to take it up to my room."
As soon as she had described what her trunk looked like, Simpson smiled and said that it would be taken care off. He seems to be more than eager to help her in any way that he could and remarked upon this. Sarah smiled in return and thanked him, before turning her attention back to Elinor.
"I suppose we may as well go in and find a place to sit. The desk clerk said that there would be plenty to choose from."
(OOC: I'm bring Matt in as my next post. Either Elinor can ask him over or he will approach the table on his own accord.)
Mature Content: No
With: Sarah Thornton-Carlton, Matt Wentworth, and maybe Elinor Steelgrave + anybody else who wants to join in. Location: Belle-St. Regis Hotel When: September 1875 Time of Day: Evening
As Sarah approached the front desk of the hotel, she wondered if she had made her exit too quickly. At first, she had gotten the impression that the meeting between Elinor and her daughter was not going to be pleasant but now she had her doubts.
When she got to the desk, she noticed that no-one was around. She spun around to see if there was anybody who looked like a desk clerk in the lobby. There was only a young couple standing talking near the door. Most of the people in the hotel were congregated in the dining room. For a moment, she contemplated going back there to see if anybody could help but instead she opted to ring the bell.
Looking at the two people, Elinor had mention, Sarah for a moment thought that they looked like an odd couple. She knew from their conversations on the stage, that Elinor's daughter was in her early twenties. The doctor, on the other would be around her age or maybe slightly older. He seemed a little bit out of place in the elegant dining room of the hotel.
Judging by the look on the daughter's face, Sarah got the impression that Elinor's appearance was unexpected. Not wanting to be around for what might be an awkward situation, Sarah decided that this would be a good time to find a room. She turned to Elinor, "If you will excuse me for a minutes, I will go and see if there are any rooms available. I can join you after you've had time to say hello to your daughter and her companion."
Looking up and down the main street of Kalispell, Sarah was a bit surprised that it was bigger than she thought it would be. When she heard Elinor mention dinner, her stomach grumbled. It had been a long time since breakfast at the overnight stop and they had only a few sandwiches to tide them over until they got here.
"Yes dinner would be nice but I was wondering if I should go and find a room for the night first," she replied.
The remainder of the trip was uneventful. She and Elinor talked to each other about various things. When they reached the overnight stage stop, they were joined by a young couple from one of the nearby farms who were on their way to Kalispell to visit family.
A few miles out of Kalispell, Sarah began to prepare herself for the task ahead. The first order of business was to find somewhere to stay and where exactly her cousin's ranch was located. Then she would have to find a way out there. She would also send word to her father that she had arrived safely. Not knowing if she would get the chance to say something when to she got off the stage, she addressed Elinor, "I want to thank you for being such good company on this trip. I hope the trouble between the men in our families won't stop us from being friends."
Sarah smiled, "Excitement is not what I came out here for. In fact, as far as some people are concerned, the less excitement I get into the better. However, it is true that there may not be much to do out here compared to San Francisco but I think I it will be a little bit interesting to find out what life out here is like."
A short while later, the stage pulled up to rest and water the horses. Getting out and being able to walk around felt wonderful and when the driver announced that it was time to leave, Sarah felt a little bit disappointed. It was long enough but she guessed that the driver wanted to get to the overnight stop before dark.
Settling back into her seat, she pulled out her journal and began writing in it. The trip out here would be sure to stir up the imaginations of some her readers in the east and back in San Francisco. Writing about life was a way for her to earn some extra income. Maybe there was a newspaper in Kalispell that might even pay her to write stories. It would certainly help keep her busy during the winter but that was something she would have to think about. The first thing she had to do when she got to town was to find her cousin and the family home. That in itself would take some time.
As Sarah waited to hear what the driver would say, she stared out the window and watched the countryside go by. This journey was turning out to be a bit more than she had expected it would. The news about her cousin Chance was a bit unsettling. Her father would want to know all about it but she didn't want to push anybody to tell her. It could be a few weeks before she could write to him and tell him the bad news.
Thinking about Chance made her also think about Shade. She didn't much about him as her father didn't divulge any information. Other than the hint that he had been in some sort of trouble, she knew nothing about Shade. Getting to know him would be a task in itself.
The driver responded that there would be a rest stop in about fifteen minutes, which suited her fine. At least on the train, she was able to get up and walk around. The trip to Kalispell would take a couple of days. Some of her was wishing that it was quicker, while part of her wanted it to go on for longer because of what laid ahead.
Smiling, she turned to Elinor and asked her to talk more about life out here.
OOC: I think we can end this one now or maybe skip ahead to the stagecoach arriving in Kalispell.
"You sound as though you are content with living out here despite what happened to you son."
Sarah paused for a moment before continuing, "You have been very honest with me and I appreciate that. I do hope that the bad blood between my cousin and your family is something that can be fixed easily."
As she said her last statement, Sarah knew that she was probably being a tad naive about the whole situation. Some people had the tendency to hold grudges for a long time and she hoped that Elinor wasn't one of them. Going by what she had said earlier, it didn't sound like it but then again she was also a lady, so maybe she was just being polite.
The stagecoach was very cramp but thankfully there was only two of them on board, which allowed Sarah to stretch out her legs a little. "We will be stopping soon? It would nice to get out and go for a walk."
"It all sounds like something out of a dime novel. I do hope that level heads will prevail in the future."
Sarah sighed, "I suppose that even though things are starting to be civilised out here, there is still a long way to go before it will be like San Francisco or any of the cities in the east. Even though they have their problems, people still get into trouble but the difference is they don't resort to gunfights...at least not in my experience."
Turning to look out the window again to take in the passing scenery, Sarah thought about the trouble she hadn't go into that had caused her to leave her family and San Francisco. If she hadn't stumbles upon the Harrington family's secret, she would have had no reason to come out to such a remote area. However, what was done was done and she would make the best of her new circumstances. Hopefully, Kalispell would prove to be a worthwhile place. Maybe, she could even find a temporary home with what was left of her family.
As she continued to look out the window, she wondered if there would be any danger of being attacked. The countryside seemed so peaceful. "What is like to live out here? Is it as hard as some people have said it can be?"
As she listened to Elinor, Sarah was at first a little surprised at the news that there was a feud. Her father had never mentioned anything about this and so finding out in such a manner from a stranger, was a bit awkward. She had no idea on how to reply this revelation, especially since the woman was on the opposing side.
Since there was still some way to go on the trip and not wanting to do or say anything that might make things uncomfortable, she decided on a more diplomatic approach. "I'm sorry, I didn't know anything about what happened between your son and my cousin. Even though I am on the other side in this feud and by rights we are suppose to be enemies, I do not wish to make matters worst."
For the next few minutes, Sarah contemplated on what she do next. The one thing she didn't want to do was to ignore Elinor. Maybe the answer lay in letting Elinor talk about it. Knowing both sides of the story would prove useful in the future. "I understand if you do not want to talk about this. You mentioned your husband and sons wanting revenge but I would like to know how you feel about this situation."
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